Learning curve helps Hammond pull upset, claim 2A South title

Soccer

November 08, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,FROM STAFF REPORTS

As he lined up for his 30-yard direct kick, junior Abas Ebrahimnejad was directed by his brother, senior Mostafa Ebrahimnejad, to "put a little curve on it toward the back post."

Abas followed his big brother's instructions, and Francisco Borelli scored off a ball that bounced off an onrushing crowd with 23 minutes left as visiting and unranked Hammond (11-3-2) upset No. 8 Atholton, 1-0, in the rain in last night's Class 2A South region title game.

Borelli said he "was in the right place at the right time" as the Bears' 11th shutout earned Hammond a return to the state semifinals after having been state runners-up last year.

Mostafa Ebrahimnejad and Woroh Timbo constantly pressured the Atholton goal. Mostafa's return after a 10-game absence from a broken collarbone against Long Reach "made us more intense," said coach Jeff Reinoehl, whose Bears have allowed five goals.

With four minutes to play, John Beltran's point-blank shot was thwarted from 5 yards by Hammond goalkeeper David Griffith, who stopped seven of the nine shots he faced behind defenders Josh Parsons, Zach Halper, Roberto Alemario and Kyle Touse.

Sam Permutt, who has nine shutouts, stopped nine of the 11 shots he faced for Atholton (11-4-1), an earlier 1-0 winner over Hammond.

"This is our best chance to make history for Hammond," Abas Ebrahimnejad said. "We've never won states. We want it bad."

Lem Satterfield

North Carroll 2, Paint Branch 1 -- Justin Carver struck first for the host Panthers (13-2) just three minutes into the first half on a pass from Nate Walker. Senior goalie Kyle Topping (four saves) kept Paint Branch (10-5) out of the net until Jung Woo scored with 12 minutes to go in the Class 3A West region final. North Carroll advances to Friday's state semifinals at 5 p.m., when it will play Northern Calvert, the winner of the 3A South final, at North Point.

Girls

South Carroll 2, Middletown 1 -- Cavaliers goalie Amanda Montemore (10 saves) came up with a save on the Knights' sixth and final shot of the penalty kicks as she punched the ball over the net, sending visiting South Carroll (12-5-1) to the Class 2A state semifinals. The Cavaliers will travel to South River for Friday's match against Glenelg, 2A South regional champs, at 5 p.m.

Leonardtown 1, Meade 0 -- Lina Cords scored on a penalty kick with about 11 minutes left in the game to lift Leonardtown over No. 11 Meade in the Class 4A East region final. Goalie Ann Hicks had eight saves for the host Mustangs (12-3-3).

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